Balkan Overview

Abazovic – Porfirije meeting: Agreement of Montenegro with Serbian Or...

TIRANA, June 30 - The meeting between the Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Porfirije and the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Dritan Abazovic was held at the Patriarchate...

French President announces compromise between Skopje and Sofia/ Albanian PM...

TIRANA, June 30 - French President Emanuel Macron announced in Madrid on Thursday that a compromise had been reached between Bulgaria and North Macedonia to lift the Bulgarian...

Rama says Biden has asked him for joint event on the 100th anniversary of A...

TIRANA, June 29 - The head of the Albanian government, Edi Rama said in a post on Twitter on Wednesday that US President Joe Biden expressed good words...

Bulgaria and North Macedonia: No Light at the End of the Tunnel

Dimitar Bechev So, the Bulgarian veto is relegated to the past.  On 24 June, the National Assembly in Sofia voted overwhelmingly to endorse the plan floated by the...

North Macedonia rejects French proposal regarding the lifting of Bulgaria‚Ä...

TIRANA, June 25 - After official Skopje rejected the French proposal as unacceptable for the country, North Macedonian Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani indicated that a window remains open...

Bulgarian MFA: We Expect the Albanian PM to Express Himself as a Politician...

‚ÄúBulgaria has always been among those countries of the European Union that support the European affiliation of the Albanian people‚ÄĚ. This was stated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a position on...

Albania and North Macedonia fail again to open accession talks with the EU

TIRANA, June 23 ‚Äď Albania‚Äôs Prime Minister Edi Rama said on Thursday that he deeply regrets the behavior of the European Union, saying that the reason why there...

Positive signals from Sofia on lifting veto on North Macedonia

Bulgaria’s main opposition party has said it will support lifting the country’s veto on the start of EU accession talks with North Macedonia, in what could herald a...

FM Dendias briefs EU counterparts on Turkish provocations

Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias briefed his counterparts in the EU Foreign Affairs Council on escalating Turkish provocations, during a meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, according to...

Turkey reconfirms support to sovereignty, territorial integrity and politic...

TIRANA, June 19 - Turkey has reiterated once again its support to the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political unity of Kosovo."We care about the strengthening of Kosovo’s state...

Official agenda of the joint meeting between governments of Albania and Kos...

TIRANA, June 19 - The Government of Albania and that of Kosovo will hold in Pristina on Monday the consecutive joint meeting where several cooperation agreements are expected...

Putin: Good relations between Russia and BiH’s RS entity since Dodik ...

Russia has ‚Äúdeveloped very good relations‚ÄĚ with Bosnia‚Äôs Republika Srpska (RS) entity since the Bosnian Serb BiH Presidency member, Milorad Dodik has been in power, Russian President, Vladimir...

WB6 fears Open Balkans has the potential to undermine regional cooperation

TIRANA, June 17 - The Open Balkans project will compete negatively with the Berlin Process and lead regional integration in a fragmented direction, said Strategic Group 6 of...

False bomb threat at Pristina airport causes alarm

TIRANA, June 16 - A false bomb threat at Pristina airport "Adem Jashari" has set in motion the Kosovo police. Police announced on Thursday that they immediately went...

Michel in Podgorica: There is a lot of progress in Montenegro

The Western Balkans is, more than ever, a strategic priority for the European Union, said the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, during his visit to Podgorica....

Montenegro’s Abazovic will soon visit Kiev at Zelensky’s invita...

TIRANA, June 12 - The Prime Minister of Montenegro, Dritan Abazovic has accepted the invitation of the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, to visit the capital of Ukraine,...

Rama’s mockery of N. Macedonian PM causes political clashes in Skopje

TIRANA, June 12 - Prime Minister Edi Rama defended his Macedonian counterpart, Dimitar Kovacevski after the handshake jokes with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz as the opposition in North...

German Chancellor urges Kosovo and Serbia to find a political, comprehensiv...

TIRANA, June 10 - German Chancellor Olaf Scholz asked Kosovo and Serbia for a clear commitment to reaching a lasting political solution to their long-standing dispute over Kosovo's...

Greece FM promises expansion of cooperation with Kosovo failing to pledge i...

TIRANA, June 9 - Prime Minister of Kosovo Albin Kurti said on Thursday that the relationship with Greece is ‚Äúgrowing closer by the day‚ÄĚ. PM Kurti shared on...

Rama and Abazovic agree on constructions of Velipoja-Ulqin bridge

TIRANA, June 8 - Prime Minister Edi Rama during the meeting with the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Dritan Abazovic discussed the project of the new bridge Velipoja-Ulcinj. Rama...

Vucic congratulates Begaj hoping to cooperate for promoting “Open Bal...

TIRANA, June 5 - Being aware that the newly elected President, Bajram Begaj is a pick up in the political games of Prime Minister Edi Rama, Serb President...

Burning of Bulgarian Cultural Center in Bitola an act to undermine Skopje-S...

TIRANA, June 4 - The building of the Bulgarian Cultural Center "Ivan Mihailov" was burned in Bitola on Saturday morning. "We expect the institutions to fully investigate the...

Croatian FM says WB countries that sincerely aspire for membership must hav...

TIRANA, June 3 - The European journey of the Western Balkan countries should be high on the agenda of the Czech EU presidency.This was one of the highlights...

Aleksandar Vuńćińá: My duty is to take care of Serbia and its citizens

After taking the oath in the National Assembly, the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vuńćińá, pointed out in his address that he wants to be the President of all...

Serbia strikes deal on natural gas with Russia, Kosovo PM appeals Brussels ...

TIRANA, May 30 ‚Äď Serbia which has reached an ‚Äúextremely favorable‚ÄĚ deal with Russia for supplies of natural gas following a telephone conversation of President Aleksandar Vucic with...

Kosovo’s unwavering stance against Open Balkans, Rejects Ohrid meeting

TIRANA, May 29 - The next meeting of the regional leaders of the Open Balkans in Ohrid, North Macedonia, will be held early next month. So far, the...

Vucic says great things are being prepared for citizens of Serbia, Albania ...

TIRANA, May 27 - A meeting in the frame of the initiative 'Open Balkans' is expected to take place in Ohrid, North Macedonia, at the beginning of June...

Aleksandra Tomanic (EFB): The Western Balkans are dealing with 19th century...

European Fund for the Balkans (EFB) Director Aleksandra Tomanic said in Zagreb today that politicians in the Western Balkans continue to pursue nationalist policies and address 19th-century issues...

Greek company to invest more than 200m euros in power plant project in Skop...

TIRANA, May 26 - Greece supports the EU Membership for North Macedonia said Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias during his meeting with North Macedonia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Bujar...

Sovereignty Day marked in Montenegro as Kosovo extends wishes

TIRANA, May 21 - Montenegro, a Western Balkans country which opted for independence on a referendum in 2006, celebrated its Independence Day on Saturday The referendum ended the...

Ex- North Macedonia Prime Minister given fourth prison sentence

The former prime minister of North Macedonia has been convicted for the fourth time since 2018 and sentenced to nine years in prison for abuse of power. Nikola Gruevski...

Kosovo war veterans imprisoned for witness intimidation, Haradinaj tells th...

A European Union-backed war crimes court sentenced two leaders of a Kosovo war veterans’ association to 4 1/2 years in prison Wednesday for witness intimidation and obstructing justice,...

Macron’s European Political Community: What would it mean for the Western...

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Conference for the Future of Europe on 9 May, President of France Emmanuel Macron proposed an idea of a European Political...

Public opinion in Bosnia and Herzegovina saddened by failure of Albanian Pa...

TIRANA, May 12 - "Albania on the side of the killers!" This is the reaction in social media in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the Albanian Parliament overturned the...

Montenegro’s PM Abazovic heralds major infrastructure projects in Wes...

TIRANA, May 11 - It is reported that the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Dritan Abazovic intends to realise 3 great infrastructure projects for the Western Balkans. According to...

First round for election of Albania’s new president will be held on May 1...

TIRANA, May 10 - The Parliamentary Conference of Chairmen decided on Tuesday that the parliament will convene to hold the first round of the election of the new...

North Macedonia’s Foreign Minister sees a last chance to save relations w...

The Foreign Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia, Bujar Osmani, said this was the last chance to save relations with Bulgaria. According to him, if the Bulgarian...

Vucic: Serbia under great pressure due to Russian interests in Ukraine

BELGRADE - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said late on Friday almost no one from Western countries talked about normalisation of Belgrade-Pristina relations, but exclusively about a mutual recognition,...

Brnabic: Serbia to donate 3 mln euros to Ukraine

- Serbia will make a 3 mln euro humanitarian donation to help Ukrainian children and displaced persons in and outside Ukraine, Serbian PM Ana Brnabic announced at an...

Germany’s Scholz committed to achieving visa liberalization for Kosov...

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said during a joint press conference with Prime Minister Albiin Kurti in Berlin on Wednesday that he will be committed to achieving visa liberalization...

Can the war in Ukraine lead to a faster EU integration of the Western Balka...

by Aleksandar Ivkovińá The war in Ukraine has gotten the talk of accelerating the EU integration of the Western Balkans going. After two months, however, the talk has not...

German Chancellor engaged in organizing a meeting between Kurti and Vucic

TIRANA, May 2 - European Union Foreign and Security Policy Spokesman Peter Stano has confirmed that the European Union bloc’s special envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Miroslav Lajcak,...

Serbia military beef up worries Kosovo, Albania’s PM unnerved

Focus TIRANA, April 30 - The Chief of Cabinet of the President of Kosovo, Blerim Vela has expressed concern over the feverish arms buildup of Serbia. Vela said...

State Assistant Secretary pledges US support to new Montenegrin government

TIRANA, April 30 - The United States looks forward to partnering with the new government to ensure Montenegro progresses along its Euro-Atlantic path. This was the gist of...

Austria supports opening of EU negotiations with Albania and North Macedoni...

TIRANA, April 29 - Austria fully supports the opening of membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia by June. The news was announced by the Austrian Ambassador to...

Dritan Abazovic becomes Montenegro’s new PM as Parliament voted in hi...

Montenegro’s parliament on Thursday voted in a new minority government, the first in its history, with a one-year mandate to prepare for next spring’s early elections. The leader...

Macedonian Business Club in Tirana/ Ambassador Markovski: Our diplomatic mi...

TIRANA , April 28 - The Embassy of North Macedonia has announced the reactivation of the Macedonian Business Club in Tirana. In the presence of over twenty businessmen...

Dritan Abazovic proposes composition of new Government amid bomb threats in...

Prime Minister-designate Dritan Abazovic has officially proposed the structure and composition of the Government, which will be voted on by the Assembly session in Cetinje on Thursday. He...

Berisha says Vucic seeks to provoke conflict and destabilization

TIRANA, April 26 - Former Prime Minister Sali Berisha has denounced the attack that took place in northern Kosovo in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Through a...

Kosovo’s top diplomatic envoy to Croatia allegedly involved in energy...

TIRANA, April 23 - Kosovo's Ambassador to Croatia Martin Berishaj, in addition to suspicions that he transferred 600,000 euros in cash from Montenegro to Slovenia, is now suspected...

For first time, a majority of Serbs are against joining the EU – poll

For the first time in two decades, the number of Serbians who are against joining the European Union is higher than those who want to become a member,...

No breakthrough in talks to agree on controversial issue of license plates ...

Kosovo and Serbia have failed to agree on the issue of license plates, but there was agreement that the temporary solution should remain in place for the time...

Senator Shaheen: US supports Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Kosovo

The United States supports aspirations of Kosovo to join NATO and the European Union, the US Senator Jeanne Shaheen stated during a press conference in Pristina. US Senators...

Serbia’s president Aleksandar Vucic rejects sanctions on Russia

Serbia will not jeopardise its national interests by joining western sanctions against Russia over Ukraine, according to the country’s re-elected president, who also defended his country’s purchase of...

Lajcak urges Kosovo-Serbia to continue negotiations after failure to reach ...

The European Union Special Representative for Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue confirmed that no agreement has been reached on licence plates during Thursday’s meeting of chief negotiators of both countries. Lajcak...

URA’s Abazovic announces end of political deadlock in Montenegro declarin...

TIRANA, April 20 - Prime Minister-designate Dritan Abazovic announced on Wednesday that the composition of the new Government has been agreed. The no-confidence motion against the previous Montenegrin...

URA’s Abazovic announces end of political deadlock in Montenegro declarin...

TIRANA, April 20 - Prime Minister-designate Dritan Abazovic announced on Wednesday that the composition of the new Government has been agreed. The no-confidence motion against the previous Montenegrin...

URA’s Abazovic announces end of political deadlock in Montenegro declarin...

TIRANA, April 20 - Prime Minister-designate Dritan Abazovic announced on Wednesday that the composition of the new Government has been agreed. The no-confidence motion against the previous Montenegrin...

State Department: WB’s insufficient progress in the fight against corrupt...

Although the efforts in the fight against corruption by Western Balkan countries led to some improvements in this field, corruption remains widespread in the region, which requires further...

Kosovo, the Albanians, the Serbs and Crimea

Eurydice Bersi Albin Kurti is a prime minister with an unusual history. The former student activist spent two and a half years in a Serbian prison in 1999-2001,...

Kosovo police attacked four times near the border with Serbia

TIRANA, April, 15 - Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani met with the country's security structures after the attacks on the Kosovo Police that took place in the north of...

Romania opposes ‚Äėdecoupling‚Äô Albania-North Macedonia EU path

Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Auresku has said that Bucharest would not support the decoupling of North Macedonia and Albania on the EU accession path, reported MIA news agency."There...

High Representative in BiH suspends RS entity Law on Immovable Property

The High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Christian Schmidt, has decided to suspend the Law on Immovable Property in Republika Srpska entity on Tuesday, N1 reported. ‚ÄúI suspend the application...

The US declares Ylli Ndroqi and Aqif Rakipi non grata

TIRANA, April 11 - Albanian businessman Ylli Ndroqi and former Socialist MP Aqif Rakipi have been declared non grata by the United States of America.The news was announced...

EU integration of Western Balkans is very important to German Chancellor

TIRANA, April 11 - Germany is committed to the start of accession negotiations of Albania and North Macedonia with the EU as soon as possible.This was announced on...

EU must urgently regain its credibility in the whole Western Balkans

We need EU commitment and action in the Western Balakns to counter Russia and China‚Äôs intereference campaings that spread anti-EU sentiment and attempts to destabilise the whole region‚ÄĚ,...

Exercise “Fire Shield 2022” was held; Vuńćińá: “Our army ...

The exercise is being jointly conducted by Army and Air Force and Air Defence units, 72nd Special Operations Brigade and 63rd Parachute The exercise aims to enhance the...

Abazovińá meets with British Minister Ellis

Deputy Prime Minister¬†Dritan Abazovińᬆmet today with British Minister¬†Michael Ellis.¬†Political stability, rule of law, unblocking of institutions, fight against transnational organised crime and a clear Euro-Atlantic course are the...

Shaip Kamberi expected to be the only Albanian MP in the new Parliament of ...

According to preliminary results, Albanians will be represented by only one deputy in the Serbian Parliament, and the only voice will be Shaip Kamberi. The "Coalition of Albanians...

Brussels or Moscow? Vucic needs to decide

Now that he has won a second term, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who wants to lead his country into the EU but remains loyal to Moscow, has to...

High turnout of 58-60 percent in Serbia polls as Vucic expected to be winne...

Polls have closed in Serbia as election officials reported a high turnout as citizens of the Balkan nation voted in a presidential election in which populist incumbent Aleksandar...

Scholz and Nehammer: Western Balkans needs a clear EU accession perspective

Chancellors of Germany and Austria, Olaf Scholz and Karl Nehammer, have emphasized their commitment to the rapid advancement in connecting the Western Balkans with the EU. Otherwise, the...

PM Designate Abazovic says new govt to be formed soon, urges imposing sanct...

Deputy Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic has accused Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic of avoiding imposing sanctions measures on Russia, warning he will not support forming the Coordination Body while...

Aleksandar Vuńćińá: “Here’s how I see Serbia in 2025”

"Nowadays, the Republic of Serbia is a strong and stable state, a factor of peace and stability, a country of cranes and hoists, new factories and new jobs....

North Macedonia Census Reveals Big Drop in Population

The official results of the September 2021 national headcount, published on Wednesday, show the country’s population has shrunk by 9.2 per cent over two decades since the last...

Ivica Dacic:”There is huge pressure on Serbia”

President of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) and the candidate of that party for the prime minister, Ivica Dacic, stated that the pressure on Serbia to impose...

IN THE WESTERN BALKANS, WE LIVE IN A POISONOUS CLOUD

The countries of the Western Balkans must immediately launch urgent measures to reduce air pollution, since the region’s air quality is the worst in Europe, said the European...

Greek Parliament Speaker denounces ‚Äėbarbarous‚Äô invasion

Greek Parliament Speaker Konstantinos Tasoulas denounced Russia‚Äôs ‚Äúbarbaric and unprovoked‚ÄĚ invasion of Ukraine and stressed the need for ‚Äúthe European Union, by protecting its society and strengthening its...

When will Montenegro implement the formally adopted sanctions on Russia?

 Montenegrin Commission for the Political System, Interior, and Foreign Policy has formally adopted the EU‚Äôs sanctions against Russia, but the Government has not implemented them yet. Experts assess...

Greece considers natural gas storage in Bulgaria, Italy

The Greek Ministry of Environment & Energy is considering natural gas storage in Italy and in Bulgaria to ensure sufficient supplies for the 2022-2023 winter season it was...

URA’s Abazovic ready to form new Montenegrin government and face any ...

Dritan Abazovic, who is mandated for the formation of the new government in Montenegro, has said that he expects that right after the local elections in the two...

Four fold increase of Albanian exports towards North Macedonia

Albanian exports to North Macedonia increased by over 4 times during the first 2 months of this year, has announced INSTAT. Goods worth over ALL 3.6 billion were...

Aleksandar Vuńćińá, commented on the situation in Kosovo and the protests o...

"These were the biggest demonstrations organized by Serbs. I am happy that they did it in a dignified and peaceful way," he said. He added that he sees...

With election victory all but assured, Serbia’s president can take a hard...

Belgrade is set to hold both parliamentary and presidential elections on April 3, with little change expected in either the presidency or the National Assembly. However, once the...

President Vucic announces Albania will be supplied with Serb wheat

The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vuçiç, in an interview for Radio Television of Vojvodina on Thursday said that the government will make an exception to the decision to...

Kosovo PM Kurti: NATO put an end to Milosevic’s illusions

Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti said at the Assembly session today that 23 years ago the NATO intervention stopped the Serbian genocide in Kosovo. He thanked everyone who...

Serbia Remembers NATO Victims on Bombing Anniversary

Senior Serbian officials on Thursday commemorated the victims of the NATO bombing campaign against Yugoslavia, which started on March 24, 1999 ‚Äď a day that Defence Minister Nebojsa...

Ukrainian crisis has revived Kosovo’s long-standing aspirations for NATO ...

According to media reports, the United States welcomes Kosovo’s aspirations for NATO membership and recalls that this is a complex process that requires a long-term and prudent approach....
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